Belding’s schedule gets minor makeover

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:21 am on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Because there are now only six schools in the O-K Blue Conference, the Belding Redskins had to go out and get another team to play.

The O-K Blue lost Grand Rapids Creston from their schedule when the Grand Rapids Public Schools board closed the high school after last school year.

That means the schedule got tougher for the Redskins, who were only 2-7 last season under then-first-year coach Joe Schwander.

Belding will open at home against their M-91 rival Greenville, a team they haven’t beat since 2007.

But a trip to Lake Odessa Lakewood is after the Yellow Jackets. The Redskins have beat the Vikings in five of the last six meetings and are 10-10 since 1950.

From there the conference season begins with Coopersville, who owns a 20-5 advantage over Belding since 1950. The Broncos last lost to the Redskins in 2011.

The replacement game in the schedule is Leslie, who will face the Redskins for the first time ever this season. The Falcons were 8-2 last season, losing in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs to eventual champion Portland.

The rest of the schedule consists of the rest of the O-K Blue Conference with the exception of Hopkins, who blew out Belding 41-11 last season to extend the Redskins’ losing streak to three games at that time. Belding finished with a five-game losing streak.

The one advantage the Redskins will have is five of their nine games will be at home, but that is offset by six of the nine teams they play having winning records last year. (Only Greenville, Sparta and Lakewood had losing records).

2012 O-K Blue Standings

 Conf. Ovr.

x-Comstock Park 6-0 11-2

x-Allendale 5-1 8-2

Coopersville 4-2 4-4

Wyoming 3-3 5-4

Sparta 2-4 2-7

Belding 1-5 2-7

y-GR Creston 0-6 0-9

x-qualified for playoffs

y-closed after 2012-13 school year

 2012 results

 at Greenville L 43-12

vs. Lake Odessa Lakewood W 63-42

at Coopersville L 44-12

vs. GR Creston W 26-6

vs. Comstock Park L 38-31

at Allendale L 47-36

vs. Hopkins L 41-14

vs. Sparta L 42-41

at Wyoming L 50-14

 2013 schedule

 vs. Greenville 8/29

at Lake Odessa Lakewood 9/6

vs. Coopersville 9/13

vs. Leslie 9/20

at Comstock Park 9/27

vs. Allendale 10/4

at Hopkins 10/11

at Sparta 10/18

vs. Wyoming 10/25

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